It’s late on a Saturday in Brooklyn, New York. A group of punks are all lined up outside Music Hall of Williamsburg, and from their attire to the conversations happening, it’s clear that they are angry at both the political climate and trying to understand their place in the world as a whole. All of this fuel is bottled up, and ready to be unleashed tonight at a sold-out show for some of the biggest rising stars in the world of punk rock, Show Me The Body, put together by their own artist collective, CORPUS. For this late show to fill up the venue’s 650 capacity is as much an impressive feat as it is proof that unity in music is not only possible, but clearly yearned for.
Inside, the music played over the PA throughout the show is largely made up of the artists performing their own works. If a band isn’t playing, one of the DJs onstage is jamming out their remixes of modern hip-hop tracks, from more popular names like Bobby Shmurda to the noisier, more underground side of the genre like Death Grips. Regardless of who is being remixed, the crowd is vibing to it. There are a handful of attendees in the crowd who don’t quite understand the territory they are in initially, but sure enough get the hang of it and began to join in with the rest.
As soon as Blu Anxxiety starts their set, they remind the crowd there has never been a better time to revolt. The crowd cheers heartily. When they begin performing, their music is synth pop-rooted, much in the vein of Cold Cave and Depeche Mode, with a sprinkle of punk attitude in the mix. This translates well, as the mosh pit erupts over a large portion of the floor. It’s a brief set that concludes with a cover of Real Life’s iconic Send Me An Angel, full of love and passion.